Zy Marquiez
September 16, 2020

In Speed – Facing Our Addiction To Fast & Faster And Overcoming Our Fear Of Slowing Down, Dr.  Stephanie Brown Ph.D. not only offers a very unique vantage point from which to view the addiction to speed through the internet of things and more, but also touches upon how the rapid evolution of our lives within the confines of the internet has created a very serious problem of addiction with society’s new fast paced life. 

Dr. Brown’s premise is that society is addicted to the fast-paced-no-matter-the-consequences type of lifestyle, and this lifestyle choice has caused many individuals to become addicted to the high speed of modern times, technology being a major anchoring component of this addiction.

In essence, Speed is divided up into two parts.  Part one covers much of what addiction entails and how this modern issue has come about.  Part two offers a pragmatic approach for individuals to regain control of their lives by employing proactive solutions in a mindful way. 

Likewise, Brown not only shows a healthy dose of examples about how addiction to speed plays out in everyday life, but also homes in on one crucial way in which individuals can begin taking control of this issue. 

For instance, streamlining her approach using the concept of AA, Brown carries out a veritable top-down, user-friendly method in which individuals can become their own best helpers and best version of themselves.  Not only does the author consistently warn about the perils of instant gratification that modern fast-paced life is fraught with, but she’s also cognizant of the limits all individuals have. 

Having faced this all-too-pervasive issue myself at various junctures of my life, I know all too well how much precious time one can lose online without even knowing it.

Dr. Brown herself cautions that the addiction to speed:

“…is outstripping people’s ability to manage, to fulfill all of their responsibilities, and even to cope.  The idea that we literally have at our fingertips the tools to do so much more than we actually have the capacity to do well has created an impossible bind that leads to chronic stress and a sense of failure.  You do not have the ability to be on 24/7 like a computer, but you believe you should be able to keep going, and that you will be able to do so if you only try harder.  And so you push yourself incessantly, creating an addictive spiral.1[Emphasis Added]

Likewise, this kind of addiction has spawned what is called dichotomous thinking, which is best exemplified by:

The belief that you are either a success or failure, a winner or loser, will drive you to stay in motion.  If you are caught in dichotomous thinking, you might think you are being asked to embrace the opposite of frenzied speed with no limits.  You’ve tried to do everything before you so you’ll do nothing.  This thinking, often believed to be the way smart people operate, is actually false and dangerous when you’re growing up living in a complex world.  Very few complicated decisions can be boiled down to yes or not without careful thought to multiple factors involved and the potential costs.”2

Given the trenchant and highly addictive nature of this issue, individuals going through this need to create a whole new approach when dealing with anything fast-paced, which is where Dr. Brown’s book shines. 

Soberingly though, Dr. Brown doesn’t pretend that overcoming the issue of Speed going to be easy either, as she cautious the reader to be mindful of the fact that relapse does take place if one is not mindful.   That said, being cognizant of what to expect is one way to be ready for what life throws at you, and those preparations will definitely help bring about change as long as one stays the course and is ever-mindful of their circumstances, choices, and habits. 

In a world where nigh nobody ever stops to take a deep breath to regain their composure and center themselves, myself included, ideas like Mindfulness and Deep Breathing are still not as mainstream as they should be.  Therefore, individuals stand much to gain significantly from everything discussed in this book. 

Brown’s work has been crucial in my case, not only helping me identify mindpoints where I operated out of a go-go-go mentality, but it also helped me considerably in realizing the need to anchor down and center myself far more often, and particularly when the circumstances become highly stressful. 

If part of society doesn’t realize that the go-go-go fast-paced life that never stops for anything has a very serious addiction at its core, then it stands to bottom out as it bolts towards the next obstacle, as is easy to do when one doesn’t realize they are doing it, particularly those raised on cell phones and laptops, rather than the older generations. 

That’s why it would be prudent to keep in mind the information in this book, because odds are we all know at least one person, if not many, ourselves included that would benefit from this information.  I know I myself easily fall within the above category.

If you truly want to know how addiction to speed looks like and what you can do about it, get this book.  I don’t know one person that wouldn’t benefit from it.  After several readings, it still continues to be crucial in my life as a reminder of what not to do.  And if you have an addiction to speed, it can certainly change your life as well, so please be open to it given how easy it is to lose hundreds of hours a year, if not more. 


[1] Dr.  Stephanie Brown Ph.D., Speed – Facing Our Addiction To Fast & Faster And Overcoming Our Fear Of Slowing Down, p. 5.
[2] Ibid., p. 277.

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Zy Marquiez a.k.a. Noctis Blackburn is author of Amor Vincit Omnia – Love Conquers All, and also an avid book reviewer, poet, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, health freedom advocate, and writer who aims at empowering individuals in many ways, while also delving deeper and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, Individuality, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

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